Runners in UK's first fun run are reunited at Gateshead Stadium

AMATEUR athletes who helped the North East start the "fun run" craze have come together to remember the occasion.

Chance for Gateshead to get back on right track

BRENDAN Foster admits the North East has to “prove” it has the appetite to host world- class athletics again.

Brendan Foster’s legend launched with an electrifying feat

The Journal today launches a feature examining some of the unheralded moments that shaped the modern North East sporting landscape.

Big Bren’s joy at second honour

BRENDAN Foster has expressed his delight after receiving a CBE for services to sport in the New Year Honours List.

The ape that likes to stand naked...

IN just five years, James Allen has nurtured his advertising company from a baby into a multi-million pound beast.

Universities celebrate the great and the good

THIS week marks the 40th anniversary of one of the important events in the recent history of the North-East.

The Sage centres attention on shops

ONE of the top events in the national property market calendar looks set to celebrate record attendance when it comes to The Sage Gateshead next month.

Golf course designers tee up £6m Brazil deal

A GOLF course design firm backed by former Ryder Cup captain Mark James is set to land two contracts worth £6m to build courses in Brazil.

Pace hotting up for a Great North day

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TYNESIDE will be transformed this weekend as thousands arrive in the region for the Great North Run.

Here’s a long running attraction

DAYS before the participants make their way to the start, one Bupa Great North Run record is already about to be broken, writes David Whetstone.

Now you have the time to excercise

A fitness programme to help beat the bulge has been launched to accompany this year's Great North Run.

Scot is pleased by this rare honour

A Scotsman who has helped drive some of the biggest regeneration projects in the North-East is now a fully-fledged Northumbrian.

Race lures man on a mission

The Blaydon Race prides itself on its eccentricity, just the challenge a banana-suit-wearing, pushchair-pushing, dog-racing runner needs for his 38th race of 2007.

Our fair share of sporting legends

It used to be said in the North-East that you only had to whistle down a mine shaft and you'd get a team of great footballers.

200 places are left in the run – are you in?

The Journal today offers readers a chance to grab one of the last remaining spots in this year's Great North Run.

High life for Nick

Nick McCormick is hoping that a three-week training stint in the Pyrenees will end on a high as he chases a place in this summer's World Champion-ships in Osaka.

Final chance to compete

Grandfather Ian Milburn has got his place for the Great North Run - now it's your turn.

Who is your champion of the North?

The search is on for this year's champion of the North-East whose "bold endeavour" has bought credit to the region.

Race museum plan is off and running

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Great North Run founder Brendan Foster last night announced plans to build a permanent venue celebrating the inspirational event on the eve of the first ever Hall of Fame dinner.

Nominations sought for Hotspur Award

The Northumbrian Association is again asking the people of the North-East to nominate an individual for the Hotspur Award.

Award for run's unsung heroes

One of the founders of the Great North Run last night appealed for Journal readers to send in stories inspired by the world's biggest half marathon.

Now Mike's a star Freeman

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Television favourite Mike Neville said he was "tremendously proud" yesterday as he was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Gateshead.

Denise Robertson column

Scientists have discovered that women with ring fingers longer than their index finger are destined to be great athletes.

Record breakers' treat for Geordies

On a glorious afternoon on the banks of the Tyne the Geordie public were treated to the start of the Great North festival of athletics.

Labour backs Foster's big idea

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Rival pair ready for the battle

Australia's Craig Mottram and Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge are set to battle it out in the athletics extravaganza on the Quayside on Saturday when the duo go head-to-head over 3,000 metres prior to Junior Great North Run events.

Starting gun for Harrier League

After months of doubt whether the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League would continue due to the retirement of secretary Audrey Ogle and women's secretary Val Gill, the season can now go ahead.

Foster steps down from Baltic board

Athletics supremo Brendan Foster has resigned from the board of one of the North-East's best known art galleries.

From sweet dream to world favourite

The Tyne Bridge had a mirror image made in icing yesterday as a giant cake was unveiled to celebrate the Great North Run's 25th birthday.

Coe unveils Gateshead's new sporting hub

Double Olympic champion Sebastian Coe has officially opened Gateshead International Stadium's new state-of-the-art £15m sports hall.

Where a dream started

Hexham's Nick McCormick returns tomorrow to the track where his dreams began to rub shoulders with the greats of world athletics, but already he has his mind on better - and especially bigger - things.

Healthcare in spotlight

Young people in the region will be encouraged to think about a career in the NHS during Healthcare Science Week from Monday.

Coach is big boon to Nick

Morpeth Harriers' Nick McCormick heads to the World Championships as Europe's fastest miler - and he can't believe it!

Golden debut is bonus for Nick

Morpeth Harrier Nick McCormick will be making his debut at the highest level of international competition in front of a 15,000 sell-out crowd in tomorrow's IAAF Oslo Golden League meeting.

Double bid ruled out by Radcliffe

World record-holder Paula Radcliffe has confirmed she will not contest both the marathon and 10,000 metres at this summer's Olympic Games.

Villa stars heading to Gateshead

Aston Villa's £5.7million signing Olof Mellberg will be handed a delayed debut tomorrow in his side's friendly at Gateshead.

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